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Dining Chicago Christmas Drinking Guide 2017

Where to eat, drink, dance and be merry this Christmas. Petterino’s: Santa’s coming to town a little early this year, and he’s hungry for brunch. Pay a visit to Mr. Claus at Petterino’s, where he’ll be stationed December 16 and 17 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. both days. The perfect stopover before an afternoon […]

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Dec 09, 2017 07:40 PM
Chicago’s Weekly Planner: TWO’s Restaurant Royale

 TWO is gearing up to host its first annual Restaurant Royale Get ready for a culinary smackdown for the ages, because TWO is gearing up to host its first annual Restaurant Royale on December 13 at The Ivy Room (12 E. Ohio St., #100). In conjunction with Terlato Distell Artisan Spirits, the competition is a bit of restaurant […]

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Dec 08, 2017 05:44 AM
Weekly Planner: Sip & Paint Party, White Truffle Season, Half Acre Tap

White Truffle Season at Spiaggia In addition to booze and merriment, this is also the season for white truffles, one of the most coveted and opulent ingredients of the year. No better place to celebrate the mighty truffle than at Spiaggia, where chef/partner Tony Mantuano and executive chef Joe Flamm have upped the ante on […]

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Nov 30, 2017 06:09 AM

Dine Out for Breast Cancer Awareness

October marks National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, wherein organizations such as the Lynn Sage Foundation’s “In Good Taste” campaign, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and Bright Pink step into the spotlight to help raise funds to combat the disease. Restaurants in Chicago are pulling out all the stops for the occasion, featuring a bevy of dining and drinking specials all month long. 


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Pump Room: During the month of October, Pump Room is offering a special prix fixe lunch and dinner menu to benefit Bright Pink. Expect dishes such as calamari, walleye, and apple cobbler on the three-course menus. But that's not all! The adjacent Library Bar will be featuring a special Belvedere Raspberry Gimlet all month long. Drink and dine altruistically. 


Ceres' Table: There's a special cocktail happening at Ceres' Table this month, and surprise surprise it's pink! The Suzie's Coupe is made with prickly pear juice, London Dry gin, lime, and an edible flower garnish. A portion of proceeds from every cocktail goes to the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation. 


Davanti Enoteca: It's not too often eating dessert goes to a good cause. Usually it just makes us feel lethargic. But as is the case with dessert at Davanti Enoteca, dessert is something you can feel pretty good about during October. All three Chicagoland locations are donating 5% of proceeds from dessert sales to the Lynn Sage Foundation. And with desserts this good, it's easy to be charitable. Options include the torta bacio with dark and white chocolate mousse and hazelnut crunch; the brown butter blondie with maple gelato, caramel sauce and Marcona almonds; the apple bread pudding with apple butter, brandy butter sauce, candied walnuts, and dried apple flowers; chocolate fig vasi with fig compote and dark chocolate cremeaux; and cookies and milk with pumpkin-filled graham cookies, candied pecans, and cinnamon-orange milk. 


Glazed & Infused: Eat chocolate, do good. Such is the case with the special Chocolate4 Lynn Sage doughnut on deck for the month of October at Glazed & Infused. Pastry chef Nick Stewart has whipped up and fried up a special quadruple chocolate cake doughnut (!) with chocolate ganache glaze and pink and dark chocolate curls, with 5% of proceeds going to Lynn Sage. 


MAK: An apropos way to pay tribute to National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is with chicken breast. Head to MAK to order any of their chicken breast dishes and see a portion of your proceeds going swiftly to Bright Pink. Options include the MAK chicken bowl, General MAK chicken bowl, or MAK wrap with chicken breast. 


Travelle: During October, Travelle transforms its Wabash Express lunch menu in order to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Now, when diners partake in the three-course prix fixe lunch menu, 10% of their proceeds go to the organization. The $29 menu includes items like Moroccan sweet potato soup, grilled chicken with asparagus and morels, heirloom squash-crusted cod, and dark chocolate terrine. 
 

South Branch: Slurping martinis has never felt so charitable! Throughout October, order the Raspberry Martini at South Branch and feel better about yourself. Made with Stoli Blueberry, Stoli Raspberry, Chambord, cranberry and pineapple juice, and raspberry puree, $1 from every drink goes directly to the Lynn Sage Foundation. 


Ombra: When one cocktail just doesn't cut it, Ombra has two heartwarming libations to choose from. One skews classic, while another is more modern and creative this month. Both send proceeds to Breast Cancer Awareness orgs. One is a classic Cosmo made with Real Russian vodka, Triple Sec, lemon juice, lime juice, and fresh cranberry, while another is called La Sena Rosa and features spiced vodka infused with fennel, Calabrian chilies, cardamom seeds, and nutmeg, along with Ruby Red grapefruit sour, Cherry Heering, angostura bitters, Bittercube Jamaican bitters, and fresh grated cinnamon. 

 


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Giuseppe Scurato moves his authentic Italian-focused eatery to Lakeview from Uptown. Expect the menu to feature classic and original dishes that are also seasonal.

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The folks behind Trace and Sweetwater run this workday tavern providing cocktails, salads, sandwiches and a few heartier entrees to Loopers.

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Hotelier Ian Schrager and Michelin-starred Executive Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten breathed new energy into this iconic Chicago restaurant and lounge. The Pump Room holds onto some of its cherished memories of...

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Opened in fall 2010 by Scott Harris (Mia Francesca restaurants), this Italian wine bar and restaurant features multiple high-tops and table seating, plus a 10-seat bar made of 180-year-old refurbished...


Glazed and Infused offers handcrafted doughnuts in 12 flavors plus a weekly feature and many more rotating flavors such as Vanilla Bean Glazed, Cinnamon Crumb, and Maple Bacon Long Johns.

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Glazed and Infused offers handcrafted doughnuts in 12 flavors plus a weekly feature and many more rotating flavors such as Vanilla Bean Glazed, Cinnamon Crumb, and Maple Bacon Long Johns....

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Glazed and Infused offers handcrafted doughnuts in 12 flavors plus a weekly feature and many more rotating flavors such as Vanilla Bean Glazed, Cinnamon Crumb, and Maple Bacon Long Johns.

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The suburban outpost of Scott Harris's Little Italy enoteca offers local beer and an extensive wine list. Polentas, wood-fired pizzas and pastas highlight a menu of rustic comfort food.


Situated in a landmark Mies van der Rohe tower, Travelle's concept is inspired by ports of call throughout the Mediterranean. Guests may indulge in the "Chef's Table" or "Cellar Table"...




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